a place for zinesters - writers and readers
What I remember most fondly about the heyday of zines (pre-internet) was the great diversity of thought coupled with a lack of hatred. I remember opening my first copy of FF5 and being agog at all the weird and freaky stuff. I was immediately in love. I ran an underground Christian music and culture zine and often took strong positions on moral subjects. People would respond, many disagreeing most strongly, but the discussions were just that, discussions. Through the medium of print and the post, we debated and argued everything from abortion to sexuality to that new show, The Simpsons. And while the discussions raged, they never became mean or hurtful. Gay vegetarian zines would promote my Christian zine, I shared 'links' to deathcore metal zines, etc, etc.
Times have changed and people seem to have devolved to hot-headed name calling and strident posturing (not me, of course, I'm a saint). We used to have a maxim: "I may disagree with what you say, but I'll fight to the death for your right to say it". Hopefully that sentiment will re-emerge someday.